The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival is on Its Way with a New Name!

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The 21st Anniversary Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival to be Held on Sunday June 1, 2014

The Wine, Food & Brew Festival will once again offer an array of exhibitors offering delicious food samples from fabulous restaurants, caterers, bakeries, & specialty shops, & the palette-pleasing tastes of fine wines, feisty brews, and shops...

In recognition of the large number of specialty brews represented at the Festival each year and the growing popularity of such ales around the country, the 21-year-old Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival dons a new name this year – the Wine, Food & Brew Festival! The Festival will be held on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the glorious California State University Channel Islands campus.

The Angels are excited to welcome back to the Festival their generous Hosts, the Zarley and Van Huisen families, and to announce a new Host Sponsor joining them this year, Union Bank! The Wine, Food & Brew Festival will once again offer its unbeatable array of exhibitors offering delicious food samples from fabulous restaurants, caterers, bakeries, and specialty shops, and the palette-pleasing tastes of fine wines, feisty brews, and specialty beverages from throughout California. The Silent Auction, arranged in themed sections, will tempt Festival-goers with must-have, self-indulgent, one-of-a-kind, and fun-focused items and activities that include a week-long getaway to a beautiful and serene location, a relaxing trip to a luxurious spa, and a night out at the new ‘place-to-be’ restaurant – along with many more unique offerings! All proceeds from the Festival, as always, will benefit the vital programs and services Casa Pacifica provides to the community’s most vulnerable children and their families.

New this year and to compliment the name change, the Festival held its first-ever ‘Best in Fest’ brew competition for its independent, craft, and microbrew exhibitors. The competitors were judged on May 3rd, a month prior to the event and Institution Ale Company’s “Restraint,” a brown maple ale, is the inaugural competition’s winner! The brew will be prominently highlighted the day of the Wine, Food & Brew Festival.

Also new this year, a special behind-the-scenes dinner, hosted by the Cassar Family, will take place on Friday night, May 30th, preceding the Festival – the Yummies Top Chef Dinner. The one-of-a-kind dinner will bring together for the first time ever several of Ventura County’s top chefs – all of whom happen to be former Yummies culinary competition winners from previous Festivals – and will feature a nine course dinner and impeccable wine pairings, and one course paired with the Best-in-Fest Brew competition winner!

The day of the Festival, the 4th Annual Yummie Culinary Competition will name the top chef creations among Festival exhibitors in an action-packed culinary showdown with expert judges on hand to decide the winners in both Sweet and Savory categories.

The main stage will proudly feature Festival favorite Benise’s Band of Gypsys, along with a fantastic musical performance by Wes Quave (their first appearance at the Festival), and a dance floor for those who can’t resist moving to all the wonderful beats. Bruce Barrios, Ventura County’s favorite DJ will emcee the day’s festivities.

The V.I.P. Lounge presented by Wells Fargo will feature its own music by the band Sound Effect along with Shawn McMaster’s Magic and Mayhem. In addition to exclusive entertainment, the Lounge will feature the Anheuser Busch Belgium Beer Garden, Plated Events by Chef Jason, Malibu Family Wines and more! V.I.P. guests will enter through the beautiful and historic CSUCI bell tower where their day will start off being catered to by the world class Mastro’s Steakhouse.

The Wine, Food & Brew Festival is still welcoming sponsors and exhibitors, so it’s not too late to sign up and connect your name or business with this "Can't Miss" event! For more information, contact Casa Pacifica Event Specialist, Kristin Palos at (805) 366-4014, kpalos(at)casapacifica(dot)org or visit the Festival sponsor page at

For more information about the Yummies Top Chef Dinner or to purchase tickets ($200 each), please contact Amber Landis Stover at (805) 366-4021 or at alandisstover(at)casapacifica(dot)org.

General Admission and V.I.P tickets can be purchased online at! General Admission tickets are on sale for $125 each until sold out. Food and beverages are included in the price of admission. V.I.P tickets are available for $225 each until sold out and offer Festival-goers early admission at 12:00 noon. V.I.P. ticket holders will receive V.I.P parking, and exclusive access to the V.I.P. Lounge presented by Wells Fargo.

Casa Pacifica encourages all Festival-goers to participate responsibly. Roundtrip reservations are available thru the Roadrunner Safe Ride Program by calling (805) 389-8196, or visiting

About Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.

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